Friday, 30 October 2009

Another little gem from the Youth Speaks movement.Now for some strange reason unbeknown to man nor beast,the actual name of the Poet is not listed,so all i have to go on is the name of the track - Answer This.What i do know is that shes young,shes female and shes clever.She asks the simple question "Why are u a Hater?" Then uprighteous and unerved she reaffirms her resilience with witty charm and sublime incision.check her out (Backing Music by The 13th Tribe ZZzzzzzzzz i know i know it keeps em off the streets i suppose ;)

Direct Download link for the 320 of The 13th Tribe Meets Youth Speaks/Bring the noise - Answer THis (Hater) here

Thursday, 29 October 2009

So todays track is a vocal snatched from the superb Slam Poetry Podcast 'Youth Speaks' (free from iTunes) The individual track is called Revoution and ive no idea who the performer is at the moment - Ill put my snifferdog hat on and find out soon tho.The beats are from The 13th Tribe as per usuaaaaaaaaaaal.

Its an interesting slant,full of upfront youthful vigour and cutting 'take no shit' confidence on the revolution (non)movement....cue heavily justified attacks on materialism and the 'if u doint need it then u really need to buy it' culture,that has festered post Reagan/Thatcher/Edward Bernays.....another feather in the cap for the lambasting bohemian vs bling attache.

As one of the clever chaps from Youth Speaks podcast 4 quips

'We went from fighting for freedom to acting dumb for free'

Hope u dig.

Direct Download link for the 320 of The 13th Tribe Meets Youth Speaks - Revolution here

Youth Speaks website is here

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The Pharoah of Knowledge

On the 7th of February, 1986, Africa lost one of her illustrious sons, Cheikh Anta Diop, an exceptional African whose singular destiny and contributions were in tune with an Africa sometimes (promising), hopeful and some times despondent.

While leaving us, Professor Cheikh Anta Diop bequeathed to Africa a heritage of liberation without precedence: the knowledge of one's origin.

It would not strike the mind of any historian of the ancient Mediterranean civilizations to deny the crucial role played by black Egyptian peoples, in deed Ethiopians, in the development of sciences, arts, techniques, and it was from distant antiquity. The idea of "black tabula rasa", (Africa devoid of history (culture); in short, devoid of humanity, dear to colonial histography is largely posterior.

Cheikh Anta Diop led throughout his life a pathetic struggle so that Africa might at long last get rid of the claws of cultural alienation which had lasted far too long, so that they would again become masters of a history which they had not lost before colonialism. "Black nations and culture" was within the context of an intense ideological struggle opposing the most awakened and conscious elements, the most politically awakened of the African elites to the tenants of colonial order who, to be witnesses to its collapse, were nonetheless less solid and untouchable.

The European Africanists schools (all tendencies mixed) were unanimous in rejecting, more often without examining, the fundamental theses of Cheikh Anta Diop relating to the "cultural unity" of Africa to the migrations which, taking their source from the original neolithic basin had ended up in the present peopling of the continent; to the continuity of the national historical past of Africans. It is that, in the eyes of some, the works of the Senegalese historian appear a dangerous precedent susceptible, like every pioneering and innovative work, to incite dangerous vocations.

This concern was based on at at least one point: the disintegration by Cheikh Anta Diop of the fundamental postulates of the European Africanist discourse. Thus we read: "This false attribution of values of Egypt qualified as white to a Greece equally white reveals a deep contradiction which is not the least proof of the black origin of Egyptian civilization" (Nations Negres et Culture, page 40, Vol II, Presence Africaine, 3 em edition).

In that fragment Cheikh Anta Diop links up the well being with the "umbilical cord" which links "black" ancient Egypt to the rest of the continent. similarly, the insoluble contradiction which made that pharaonic Egypt, the mother of civilizations, does not the least objectively belong to a continent judged to be savage, primitive and barbarous, finally finds a rational solution.

In that regard, to measure the same time the revolutionary character of Cheikh Anta Diop's thesis and the extent of the mystification of colonial histography, let us listen to Frederich Hegel, its most qualified and profound representative: "She (Africa) is no part of the historic world, she neither shows movement nor development........., that is to say, from the north originates the Asiatic and European worlds. Cartage was in that regard an important and transient element. But it belongs to Asia a Phoenician colony. Egypt would be examined through the passage of the human mind from the east to the west, but it does not depend on the African mind." (La raison dans L'Histoirem, p 269, collection 10-18).

Through this odious falsification of history, which Karl Max qualifies a idealist, a road was made which led to the myth of anti historicity of the African continent; which continent is seen to be, in perspective of Cheikh Anta Diop, the cradle of all civilizations.

It is against such allegations, qualified rightly, by the first historian of African renaissance Cheikh Anta Diop, as "fascist" and "racist" (in the sense that they implied the incapacity of Africans to create viable political institutions), that his major work "Nations Negres et Culture", reacted. It can be deplored that his prodigious erudition, his epic style, his liberating breath had not inspired all the African intellectualls of that epoch. Worst still, African history as it is taught today in our schools does not take the Negroid dimension of ancient Egypt........."

Continue reading here

Click here for a direct download of the 42 minute track of The 13th Tribe featuring Manu from Blake talking about Cheikh Anta Diop..its a 96 mb file so make sure u got some space on ur comp ok :)

Friday, 23 October 2009

Savour the sweet sound of Sowetos Letta Mbulu.

'Letta Mbulu is a South African jazz singer born and raised in Soweto. She has been active since the 1960s, but left South Africa for the United States in 1965 due to Apartheid. In the U.S. she worked with Cannonball Adderley, David Axelrod and Harry Belafonte. Her singing can also be heard in Roots, The Color Purple, and she was a guest on a Season 6 episode of Soul Train. Mbulu also provided the Swahili chant in Michael Jackson's single, "Liberian Girl"'

check her here

Friday, 16 October 2009

Recently found this gem of a club/blog whilst trekking the fringes of the outerweb,its jam packed full of global goodies,freebies and hook ups.I got in touch,and i was met with genuine warmth and shining musical kindness.So no surprise these guys know and love their Global Grooves with a passion.If ur close to Londons tasty little hot spot Brick Lane,i suggest u get urself along for a bountiful boogie every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 93 Feet East....oh and just to twist the knife that little more,its FREE admission all night and 2 Bottles of gargle for a fiver before 8-30,no excuses now is there.....

"Fftang is a rum-fuelled safari through the clubs of the Tropics and beyond, exploring mutating party rhythms and culture-sound-clashes. Brazilian dubstep meets Middle Eastern mambo? Swedish hip hop over Congolese speed disco? Boundaries are melting and genres breed as worlds collide.

This week we're proud to have DJ IZEM from our favourite radio station GROOVALIZACION with us. In between delivering his monthly podcasts the Dublin based DJ and producer has played all over the globe, blazing up such musical hotspots as Recife, Casablanca, Valencia, Paris, Buenos-Aires and for tonight Matthew - Brick Lane.

Expect a global beat inferno taking in cumbia, samba, reggae, hip-hop and scorching tropical-meets-western-grooves mashups.

Joining him will be Huskiii (afro/latin/traditional-regional-music fused with b-boy beats and bastard bass) and musicians Captain Trumpet (brass) and Paolo (percussion) on jamming duty.

FREE ENTRY and 2 bottles of beer for a fiver until 8:30pm."

The FFtang crew have also been so kind as to run a feature promoting The 13th Tribe & VOCA movements on their outstanding blog.If u cant make it along to 93 Feet East to witness the aural delights live and direct then u can still sample the juice from afar-their mixes are already the stuff of legend on the 13t ipod.

grab the Fftang Mixtape 02 here

check this track list !!!

Totó la Momposina – El Porro Magangueleño
Super Sonido Changorama – La Suave Cumbia De
Kinfolk Kia Shine – So Krispy (cumbianativo remix)
Sonido Del Principe – Boom Boom
Balkan Beatbox – Red Bula (bbb remix)
Dunkelbunt – Dunkelbunt Rocks da Funky Beats
Hernan Builes – Chela (sneaky p remix)
DJ Avatar – Cumbia Int’l Mas Cultura Prod.
DJ Rage – La Companera (remix)
Tupolev Sound Crash – Green Curry Cumbia (facon darcyr remix)
De Leve – Cão Fudido
Palov & Mishkin – Ouist Atou
Willie Colón – Che Che Cole
Joe Cuba Sextet – Bang Bang
Rye Rye ft. MIA – Bang (prince of ballard remix)
Riot Kid – Shalom
Amadou & Mariam – Sabali (uproot andy remix)
Paulinho Pinheiro – Merengue Rebita (dj dolores rmx)
G.Rag und die Landlerg’schwister – Schorschl Take 3 (Isartaler Ghettoschützen Schlachthofbronx remix)
Grandpamini – Pégalé
Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba
Som Tres – Take it Easy my Brother Charles

Huskiii and his fellow tropicana lovin FFtangeros live here

Psychedelic Cumbia from Bogota Colombia-nuff said,dig in.

Bomba Stereo 128 kbps Album promo here

Yet more Jperiod Magnificence-Jperiod and Knaan presents The Messengers

Click here for the superb Bob Marley,Bob Dylan and Fela Kuti Tribute

jperiod's website


With DJ & Remix work for Grammy-winners Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Kanye West, Q-Tip and Mary J. Blige under his belt, J.Period has become one of Hip Hop’s undisputed Mixtape Kings and most respected DJ/Producers. His massive mixtape marketing campaigns (J.Period’s recent Q-Tip collabo yielded over 600,000 downloads) have been commissioned by major labels including Def Jam, Interscope and Sony to bolster their artists’ profiles. His remixes have been called “brilliant” and “masterful” by Billboard Magazine, Vibe & The Source, and earned countless awards. Behind the boards, J.Period’s original production has earned placement in blockbuster film trailers (Universal’s American Gangster 2007, Fox’s Street Kings 2008) and major video games (Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Motion 2008, DJ Hero 2009). And on stage, J.Period’s crowd-rocking skills have earned high-profile tour appearances with Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, P. Diddy and De La Soul, plus club and festival gigs around the world (Brazil, South Africa, Australia). Rising through the ranks of hip hop’s elite DJs, J.Period is making his mark on hip hop.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Tito Swing - Top Class Merengue from the Dominican Republic.

Cuidado con Judas (Beware of the Judas)
look out for the superb bass line on this track.

Monday, 10 August 2009

The 13th Tribe meets Morphy -Adonai Dub featuring Yast Solo,Cherif and Tony Flash
This is a 13th Tribe/VOCA Production 2009.

Unreal,quite simply the best ever bedroom recording ive ever been witness to never mind a part of,yes folks,thats my old bedroom,temporarily transformed into a state of the art recording studio complete with an Avalon Vocal Pre Amp TLA Studio Audio Amp and an AKG condenser.....nice :)

(by the way u can tell its my room cos of the Celtic top on the wall :)

Cherif and Yast Solo are from Africa.Cherif (Senegal)is from a famous family of Senegal musicians and he plays a mean and mighty Kora on this track - i think youll agree hes a phenomenal player and phuck a duck can he sing.

Yast Solo from,Guinea Equatorial,is founder of APN (Spanish Black Panther Movement) and hes a straight talker who tells it like it is _'When Tomorrow we are called,were gonna unite and take back the city"

Tony Flash believe it or not is Finnish "There is no end to this War between me and Babylon"


The masterful Gus Lescouflair AKA Irasgus/Dubstructor Engineered,Co Produced & Co Wrote the original track.He is the backbone of the VOCA Movement and is presently esconced behind the desk recording an album for AIds awareness in Africa.The Album promises to be a sensation as it features many of the VOCA/13th Tribe artists featured below as well as many other Afro-Latin musicians and artists hailing from Cuba to Ethiopia.

(He sent me a track just yesterday - Immtougo Wip - Ali - amazin vibes on an a heavy Roots-Organic-Acoustic-North African tip.)

Im pretty chuffed to admit that I Co wrote,and Co Produced and Arranged Adonai.This particular mix is by myself and DnB genius Morphy (Nerve,Urban TAkeover,Exegene) u can find him here.

click here for Morphys page

The Morphy is a King Tubby lovin sonic wazoo and a pleasure to work with these past 15 odd yrs.`Look out for a 13t Meets Morphy EP coming soon and some pretty exciting collabs with Cube,(Exegene records label Boss - another phenomenal desk wizard)


One Love.


Thursday, 6 August 2009

The 13th Tribe - Reconstruct The Self.

Tough talkin 2 Step beats with some positive 'γνῶθι σεαυτόν gnōthi seauton' -'Know Thyself' style vibes eloquently delivered by an eminent African Studies proffessor.

Download Free 320 kbps MP3 Here

Monday, 3 August 2009

best album of 2008 hands down

"Kudsi Erguner lives and works in Paris as musician (Ney-flute, which is a reed flute), composer, musicologist, teacher, author, and translator.
Erguner comes from a family of Turkish musicians. His contact with many famous musicians from the older generation, who continually passed through his parents house, and his involvement with various Sufi-brotherhoods, whose music and teachings Erguner studied, left their decisive marks on him. He received his training directly from his father, Ulvi Erguner, who was the last great master of the Ney.
Kudsi Erguner has given concerts and played in major festivals throughout the world. He has researched the music of India, Pakistan, and Turkey, grounded diverse music ensembles, recorded numerous albums, and has worked with such well known artists as Peter Gabriel (Passion, US), Maurice Béjart, Peter Brook, Georges Aperghis, Didier Lockwood, and Michel Portal. Erguner has thus made authoritative contributions to World Music. He has documented and revived nearly forgotten musical traditions and brought them to the attention of the Western public, securing them a place within Europe's cultural inheritance."

Magical Niceness

Another cool wee album from Tom Ze,called Estudando O Samba.

Tom Ze Samba or Studying?



yumyum part 2

Crackin Boogaloo album from 1968 by Bobby Matos.Trailo A Casa (Bring It Home) is a good time boogie woogie vibe and the earthy,organic Double Bass driven 'Raices' (Roots) are my faves alongside the shrilly Flute laden Mambo Maxims.Tema De Alma Latina (Latin Soul Song) too is worth a mention.(Akchooly I dont think theres a bad choon on this album and thats why its here)If ye like those big chunky latin beats like david icke likes a conspiracy then this is a lizard lovers paradise.Seriously switch off M*V an give yer ears a rest.Shake yer ass to some proper music eh.Its a well known fact that lucifers tics tacs will not save u from Swine Flu but Latin Music definitely will.Mon The Cuban cureall.

Bobby Matos_My Latin Soul

Brasil meets Chile.I love Las Jaivas Mira Niñita is as sweet a tune as ull ever here.I defy u to not like it.THis video really is the stuff of legend too.

Manduka & Las Jaivas

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Just done this tonite,I started it at 10 just finished it about 12.The beat was one i prepared earlier,bwahaha,then I put a donk on it in Logic.All Good clean fun,writin beats tops watchin the eejit box anyway eh.The Spoken Word is courtesy of The Watts Prophets iirc?.Cheers lads keep up the sterling work....

Download 320 kbps - We Aint playin (window samba mix) Here.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

What can i say about Tinariwen?


They were trained as crack troops in Libya by Colonel Gaddafi only to swap their AK47s for Geetars and microphones...

Mon The Tuaregs

मज सिंसरे

Magic album from one of the finest producers on these North Atlantic shores.Includes some damn fine Mixes from Recloose,Jazzanova,NuYorcan Soul,MPC.I love this soulfull shuffly 2 step groovieness,cos it fills a dancefloor in seconds.I remember playin to a crowd of Afro Hip Hoppers out in Spain once,an i dropped Sincere for a laugh,the place went Bazooka mento.I ended up playing Old School UK Garage and 2 step all nite on vociferous demand of the patrons for the rest of the nite.....

Love an open minded crowd me.(especially as i used to be a music bigot myself :O ah well ye have to start somewhere.....

praise the lord

Thursday, 30 July 2009

u lucky lucky zoober

If uve heard this Lassie chantin then she'll need no introduction,if uve not, then i envy u cos ur life is about to get a whole lot better-so say a big thanks to me,Celia,her Mum and Dad,her backing band,her manager,her label,Fidel Castro,Che Guevara,Cuba bla bla bla

ok the best way to describe this album is;

its as smooth as Naomi Campbells inner thighs and as tight as ...em tight as Margaret Thatchers coffin lid is gonna be after i blooter a few hundred nails in it.get the message - this is the real deal, an uber classic of apocalyptic proportions...get on it or ill smear ur mother in jam,orite.

click here if ure a moochin bassa
Fart 1

click here if ure a moochin bassa
Fart 2

From the man that brought us Pais Tropical and Mas Que Nada.Dont sleep on this belter from 1971.Negro e Lindo roughly translates as Black and Beautiful and who could argue with him after listening to this and his other classics,also hes got a fair few fans that would most likely batter yer melt in if ye tried to argue with him,so give it a rest eh ffs....

Jorge Ben Lives here

I love this album, the first track 'Im Busca Do Oro' is a total barkin mad bona fide classic.

I highly recommend that today u dont shave,or dont pluck ur eyebrows ,or dont feed the cat nor mow the lawn nor watch Eastenders and instead enrich ur soul with a good dose of Brasilian Psychedelic Rawk - U know it makes the senses.

get it here

Late 1960s Tom Ze album called Grande Liquidacao.Very Topical title from a very Tropical singer.Great stuff.

Diggin this album bigtime right now.

Dont forget to tell yer Granny.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Cannonball Adderley anyone?Heres his Bossa Nova Album tis verily tasty indeed.

get it here

This is a wee ditty with me-13t on Bass,Drums and Vox.Just a groovey wee bit of fun really,no harm done.

The above is a wee sampler of a 13t & VOCA Collab.The Vocal cuts come courtesy of a Camerounian lad called Serge who hails from the Bamileke tribe.I met Serge rapping downstairs in a wee Afro Hip Hop Bar in Lavapies, a Barrio in Madrid City Centre famed for its Exotic,Tropical Afro SudAmericana vibes.In the space of 5 minutes he dropped a plethora of styles in about a squillion different languages-French,Portuguese,Spanish,English,Arabic & Bamileke.Hes possibly one of the finest vocalists ive ever heard and had the pleasure to gig an record with.The album promises to be a stunner with a number of his fellow Bamileke crew getting on board.If ur in the Area pop into Bar Aisha, ask anyone hangin about the Tube station an theyll tell u where it is....